Windows 10 Security
The timeline of cyber-attacks is not very long. Information technology in 2006 was a budding industry, with the first national security threat coming via email and causing NASA to stop operations. As technology advanced, so too did criminal hacking methods. Now, every piece of data on the internet contains some form of encryption code to protect sensitive information and curb online threats.
Battling against cyber-threats is constant and requires frequently updating protection services. Windows 10 is the latest operating system to include features that directly address global cyber security compromises. In this blog, we explore how this system can directly apply to your business and preserve secure information.
Windows Defender ATP
Microsoft understands there isn’t a perfect means of protecting your data stores, and smart individuals will inevitably find a way to compromise most data guards. This is why they created the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. Instead of funneling resources into creating a catch-all, Microsoft’s engineers produced a more complete approach.
The system acts as a “digital safety blanket” of sorts, guiding its users to the appropriate solution should a breach occur. It’s a cloud-based approach to security that collects millions of data points from similar attacks and information gathered from partner companies. A Windows 10 user will be presented with multiple options on how to address a threat utilizing the help of others in similar situations. This allows the response system to be an ongoing process, one that continually grows based on other occurrences.
One of the more common techniques among hackers involves installing a piece of heavily-encrypted software to hijack your entire network. Most security devices won’t recognize the code behind these devices, allowing the program to run without raising any red flags. The most dangerous of these programs are known as “ransomware,” which hold all data hostage until a fine is paid.
Windows 10 implements Device Guard to combat unknown installations. If your system detects a file that does not match your pre-configured settings, the application will not be able to run. By using the system’s configurable code integrity, you’re able to determine which applications are considered trustworthy and operate all client machines under those rules.
“Pass the hash” is a decades-old Windows hacking technique that allows attackers to function under the guise of an authenticated user within a given system. Cyber-criminals using this method can gain remote access to a network and sidestep the use of passwords entirely, oftentimes gaining administrator credentials. Those utilizing this practice can infiltrate your data storage without ever raising an alarm, as he or she has already been validated under security protocol.
Credential Guard seeks to eliminate this by storing all password data in a virtual security environment separate from any of the devices. In previous Windows operating systems, the password information was stored in the process memory of a specific device. Now, this data is inaccessible via the computer’s operating system and unavailable to those trying to enter the entire network.
Contact SWICKtech today to learn how we can help upgrade your company workstations to take part in the enhanced security features of Windows 10!